Facebook kicks political blogger off

Jon Swift is a popular political blogger who has gotten kicked off Facebook for not using his real name. In his post he makes a good point: Bob Dylan couldn’t be on Facebook either. Well, at least Fake Steve Jobs can’t get on Facebook. Maybe not, there’s a ton of fake Bill Gates accounts that haven’t gotten deleted.

UPDATE: Facebook restored Jon’s account. Here’s the email he got from Facebook:

Hi Jon,
Upon further review, we have decided to reactivate your account. Our Terms of Use, to which all users agree when they first sign up for the site, stipulate that you must not “impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent yourself, your age or your affiliation with any person or entity.” However, since others on the site seem to know you by this name, and since you don’t appear to be using the name to impersonate or to hide your identity, we have determined that you are not violating these Terms. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Please let me know if you have further questions or concerns.
Thanks for your understanding,
Jerry
Customer Support Representative
Facebook

Comments

  1. If thats the case then I guess companies should not be allowed to have profiles either. How can Facebook take such measures without confirming the persons identity? I have a fake Facebook account that I use for testing, it has friends and looks legitimate. How would they ever know its fake?

  2. If thats the case then I guess companies should not be allowed to have profiles either. How can Facebook take such measures without confirming the persons identity? I have a fake Facebook account that I use for testing, it has friends and looks legitimate. How would they ever know its fake?

  3. There’s a difference between using a pseudonym as a consistent persona on the web and simply creating a bogus account on a site. Pseudonyms have a long and rich history. Disallowing them doesn’t seem very smart.

  4. There’s a difference between using a pseudonym as a consistent persona on the web and simply creating a bogus account on a site. Pseudonyms have a long and rich history. Disallowing them doesn’t seem very smart.

  5. Sometimes you have to see the intent. Misrepresenting politically may not be acceptable. I used “fake bill gates” URL to get publicity for my website. I did not get publicity and now I am stuck with the URL.

  6. Sometimes you have to see the intent. Misrepresenting politically may not be acceptable. I used “fake bill gates” URL to get publicity for my website. I did not get publicity and now I am stuck with the URL.

  7. This is just stupid of Facebook – if you search Facebook you will find 2 Karl Marx’s, 7 Julius Caesars, 6 Anne Onyomous’s etc etc.

  8. This is just stupid of Facebook – if you search Facebook you will find 2 Karl Marx’s, 7 Julius Caesars, 6 Anne Onyomous’s etc etc.

  9. I also run a blog that has a more political slant and I don’t use my real name I use a nom de guerre or should that be a nom de blog.

    Vanessa fox did a good post abbout how face book needs to grow up away for its wasp colledge boy roots.

    Gasp some of us didnt go to Uni you know :-) and why cant a join my exemployers groups most employers dont let you keep an email on theer domain if you no longer work for them

    And given the fiasco of insiders looking they ought to think about puting thier own house in order (a few P45′s are in order i think)

  10. I also run a blog that has a more political slant and I don’t use my real name I use a nom de guerre or should that be a nom de blog.

    Vanessa fox did a good post abbout how face book needs to grow up away for its wasp colledge boy roots.

    Gasp some of us didnt go to Uni you know :-) and why cant a join my exemployers groups most employers dont let you keep an email on theer domain if you no longer work for them

    And given the fiasco of insiders looking they ought to think about puting thier own house in order (a few P45′s are in order i think)

  11. Well hells bells… I guess I shouldn’t have been allowed to write Podcasting For Dummies then.

    And what about Violet Blue? Soccergirl? It’s not like we’re trying to hide what you’ll find on our passports, it’s just that we’ve become associated with a different name? I fail to see the harm…

    E.

  12. Well hells bells… I guess I shouldn’t have been allowed to write Podcasting For Dummies then.

    And what about Violet Blue? Soccergirl? It’s not like we’re trying to hide what you’ll find on our passports, it’s just that we’ve become associated with a different name? I fail to see the harm…

    E.

  13. It would be interesting to understand what’s motivating Facebook to kick the personas out. I can only assume I was kicked off Facebook because someone complained. Probably the same thing happened w/ the Jon Swift account.

    It’s a very short-sighted move by Facebook. It would be more interesting place with the people who have setup some level of community interest in what they do and use Facebook as the next level of building, connecting with, and nurturing that community.

    I never reached Mr. Scoble’s numbers, but I really enjoyed connecting and interacting with the some 200+ folks on my friends list.

    Facebook flipped the boring bit.

  14. It would be interesting to understand what’s motivating Facebook to kick the personas out. I can only assume I was kicked off Facebook because someone complained. Probably the same thing happened w/ the Jon Swift account.

    It’s a very short-sighted move by Facebook. It would be more interesting place with the people who have setup some level of community interest in what they do and use Facebook as the next level of building, connecting with, and nurturing that community.

    I never reached Mr. Scoble’s numbers, but I really enjoyed connecting and interacting with the some 200+ folks on my friends list.

    Facebook flipped the boring bit.

  15. I seem to think, though, that someone like Bob Dylan would have no problem using Bob Dylan on FB as long as he could prove he was the REAL Bob Dylan.

    So does this mean everyone I know on FB that uses Joe instead of Joesph should be worried? Or what about my friend that goes by his middle name and not his first name? He’s on FB with the middle name because that’s how people know him. Or how about my friends in TV who use their “stage names” on FB?

    -A

  16. I seem to think, though, that someone like Bob Dylan would have no problem using Bob Dylan on FB as long as he could prove he was the REAL Bob Dylan.

    So does this mean everyone I know on FB that uses Joe instead of Joesph should be worried? Or what about my friend that goes by his middle name and not his first name? He’s on FB with the middle name because that’s how people know him. Or how about my friends in TV who use their “stage names” on FB?

    -A

  17. rockmanac: stage names are NOT allowed on Facebook. So Bob Dylan wouldn’t be allowed since that’s not his real birth name and was a name he made up for himself.

  18. rockmanac: stage names are NOT allowed on Facebook. So Bob Dylan wouldn’t be allowed since that’s not his real birth name and was a name he made up for himself.

  19. Great policy, failed response(obviously he’s not the only one who should have been ousted. Yet, when all’s said and done, good PR for both parties!

  20. Great policy, failed response(obviously he’s not the only one who should have been ousted. Yet, when all’s said and done, good PR for both parties!

  21. So when you violate the terms of agreement that you agree to and they take the action that you are warned about it is blog-worthy to complain? What is going on these…. Maybe these violators were told by their parents to ignore the school rules and filters so they felt entitled to break another law

    Jonathan

  22. So when you violate the terms of agreement that you agree to and they take the action that you are warned about it is blog-worthy to complain? What is going on these…. Maybe these violators were told by their parents to ignore the school rules and filters so they felt entitled to break another law

    Jonathan

  23. aww does that mean that the “Roger Waters” that has me as a friend has to prove that he is the real Roger Waters or his account will be cancelled? This makes no sense, I know of at least 10 accounts that use fake names on Facebook… to go through all of them and ask them to prove their identities would take forever.

  24. aww does that mean that the “Roger Waters” that has me as a friend has to prove that he is the real Roger Waters or his account will be cancelled? This makes no sense, I know of at least 10 accounts that use fake names on Facebook… to go through all of them and ask them to prove their identities would take forever.

  25. I’ve got Pam Beasley (a character on The Office) on my friends list, and other Office characters are there as well, posting pics, giving updates, and interacting like real FB users. These aren’t even psuedonyms…they’re completely fictional. Wonder if NBC had to pay for the promotion or something?

  26. I’ve got Pam Beasley (a character on The Office) on my friends list, and other Office characters are there as well, posting pics, giving updates, and interacting like real FB users. These aren’t even psuedonyms…they’re completely fictional. Wonder if NBC had to pay for the promotion or something?

  27. I, too, was kicked off of Facebook for not using my ‘real’ name. Everyone knows me as Code Red – my boss, my parents, my friends…even my 94-year-old grandmother calls me Code Red. There are SO MANY fake names on Facebook…why the hell did they have to pick me to F with? Funny thing is, my real name contains the words Code Red, I should just change it legally and tell FB to F-off.

  28. I, too, was kicked off of Facebook for not using my ‘real’ name. Everyone knows me as Code Red – my boss, my parents, my friends…even my 94-year-old grandmother calls me Code Red. There are SO MANY fake names on Facebook…why the hell did they have to pick me to F with? Funny thing is, my real name contains the words Code Red, I should just change it legally and tell FB to F-off.

  29. @ Evo Terra: caught my name in your comment; I’d be happy to show you my passport anytime. it says Violet Blue (as does all my legal and true identification information). bizarrely, I just (reluctantly) signed onto Facebook because a friend insisted. ugh!

    but yeah — do you think they’d make a high profile celeb like Beyonce use her birth name, or cancel her account? or, like, when Hollywood personalities check into hotels under different names for privacy reasons, would they get kicked out for not registering at the desk for their “real name”? I’d bet not.

  30. @ Evo Terra: caught my name in your comment; I’d be happy to show you my passport anytime. it says Violet Blue (as does all my legal and true identification information). bizarrely, I just (reluctantly) signed onto Facebook because a friend insisted. ugh!

    but yeah — do you think they’d make a high profile celeb like Beyonce use her birth name, or cancel her account? or, like, when Hollywood personalities check into hotels under different names for privacy reasons, would they get kicked out for not registering at the desk for their “real name”? I’d bet not.

  31. Facebook kicks ANONYMOUS blogger off.

    TOU violation. Open and shut.

    But he’s “A-list” (that term makes me vomit in my mouth), so he has “powerful” buddies to fan the flames – a fact I’m sure he leveraged to the hilt.

    No wonder blogging is dying.

  32. Facebook kicks ANONYMOUS blogger off.

    TOU violation. Open and shut.

    But he’s “A-list” (that term makes me vomit in my mouth), so he has “powerful” buddies to fan the flames – a fact I’m sure he leveraged to the hilt.

    No wonder blogging is dying.

  33. Facebook is supposed to be a social gathering spot. Something that is just for fun, generally.
    Who cares if somebody uses a different name, or even sets up an additional bogus account for themselves, increasing the personal entertainment value for that individual.
    Isnt it there for entertainment? Its freakin facebook.
    Developers claim that they must uphold the “integrity” of the website and its terms???? “what the F?!”.
    come on…..ou have got to be kidding me….

  34. Facebook is supposed to be a social gathering spot. Something that is just for fun, generally.
    Who cares if somebody uses a different name, or even sets up an additional bogus account for themselves, increasing the personal entertainment value for that individual.
    Isnt it there for entertainment? Its freakin facebook.
    Developers claim that they must uphold the “integrity” of the website and its terms???? “what the F?!”.
    come on…..ou have got to be kidding me….